Explore the Real Louisiana on Our Scenic Waterways

Explore St Mary Parish Louisiana Paddling and Canoe TrailsThe Cajun Coast is a sampler of everything Louisiana offers, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that's the heart of Cajun hospitality. We're only 90 minutes or less from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Lafayette. Stay a weekend or spend a week - you'll find we're a great location to call home while you explore South Louisiana.

In addition to rich history and unique culture, the Cajun Coast is adorned with the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, the largest overflow swamp in the United States. Moss-draped cypress trees, majestic oaks, numerous acres of bottomland hardwoods, over 170,000 acres of designated wildlife management areas and an abundance of bird and animal life provide easily accessible outdoor adventures along our secluded waterways.

If you love canoeing or kayaking, our trails are your ticket to unlocking the natural beauty of the Cajun Coast. So come immerse yourself in what National Geographic called this "hauntingly beautiful land" for a unique taste of Louisiana adventure along our paddling trails of the Cajun Coast.




Humidity: 88%
Wind: ESE at 9 mph
Monday 63°F / 78°F Thunderstorms
Tuesday 64°F / 77°F Scattered thunderstorms
Wednesday 38°F / 77°F Scattered thunderstorms


Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau
Patterson Office
112 Main Street
Patterson, LA 70392
Phone: (985) 395-4905; (800) 256-2931 
Fax: (985) 395-7041
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Franklin Visitor Center & Rest Area
15307 Hwy. 90 West, Frontage Road
Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: (337) 828-2555
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce
Morgan City Office 
727 Myrtle Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
Phone: (985) 384-3830
Fax: (985) 384-0771
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Franklin Office
600 Main Street
Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: (337) 828-5608
Fax: (337) 828-5606
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Cajun Coast Visitor Bureau